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Open Spaces Strategy
- Chapter 1: Introduction to the Open Spaces Strategy
- Chapter 2: What is the Open Spaces Strategy?
- Chapter 3: What the Open Spaces Strategy will do.
- Chapter 4: Policy Context
- Chapter 5: Strategy Vision
- Chapter 6: The Benefits of Open Space
- Chapter 7: Harborough District: Spatial Portrait and Open Space
- Chapter 8: Current provision of Open Space in Harborough District
- Chapter 9: Current Management Arrangements and Partnerships
- Chapter 10: Harborough District Councils Open Spaces
- Chapter 11 Future Management Proposals for Open Space in Harborough District
- Chapter 12: The value of Open Space to Business and the Local Community
- Chapter 13: Minimum Provision, Accessibility and Quality Thresholds
- Chapter 14: Aims of the Open Spaces Strategy
- Chapter 15: Aim 1.The provision and maintenance of appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations
- Chapter 16: Aim 2. The natural environment, conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected
- Chapter 17: Aim 3. To ensure open spaces are safe and litter free, and contribute towards a safe environment
- Chapter 18: Aim 4. Voluntary groups are supported to use and manage open spaces
- Chapter 19: Aim 5: Deliver value for money services when managing open space
- Chapter 20: Aim 6. Open Space supports business and income is maximised
- Chapter 21: Aim 7. Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people
- Chapter 22: Open Space Strategy Action Plan
- Chapter 23: Consultation
- Chapter 24: Strategy Review
- Chapter 25: List of Appendices
- Chapter 26 Introduction to Provision for Open Space Sport and Recreation
- Chapter 27 Scope of the open space and sport and recreation consultation
- Chapter 28 Open Space Calculations
- Chapter 29 When will the policy be applied?
- Chapter 30 What types of open space, sport and recreation facilities will require developer contributions?
- Chapter 31 How will the policy operate?
- Chapter 32 Where are the open spaces to be provided?
- Chapter 33 Appendix S: Developer contributions for new provision/enhancement of open space
- Chapter 34 Appendix T: Developer Contributions towards the Future Maintenance Costs of Outdoor Play Space, Amenity Areas and other Open Spaces
6.1. Parks and open spaces are important to the community they serve and benefit local people in many ways; their health and wellbeing, the local economy, community safety and whether they impact in a positive way to a general sense of satisfaction with where people live.
6.2. There is considerable evidence that parks and open spaces, when designed and managed correctly, have the ability to impact positively on all of our lives, in ways that may not be immediately apparent.
6.3. Local government must set the right example and ensure, where possible that these valuable assets are available and accessible to all sections of the community so that all might benefit from its use.
6.4. Open space provides wider benefits; wildlife habitat, protection of rare and important species, influence over climate change, maintaining fragile ecosystems and mitigating against flood risk.
6.5.1. Open Spaces provide opportunities for outdoor activity including free and inclusive sports facilities which in turn help increase levels of health and reduce obesity. Open spaces also help to maintain good mental health. They reduce stress by encouraging relaxation through interaction with the natural environment, physical activity and social interaction.
6.6.1. Parks and open spaces offer a space for play, whether formal or informal. They provide a great setting for developing social, physical and cognitive skills. They also offer a location for older children to socialise and relax.
6.6.2. Open space also provides us with learning opportunities for range of subjects, and does so throughout our lives.
6.7.1. Well designed spaces can reduce the fear of crime, increasing usage and enabling everyone to enjoy them. Through increased natural surveillance this can have wider benefits that create safer neighbourhoods.
6.8.1. Parks and open spaces are freely available to all, providing opportunities for social interaction, community activity and cultural events. Open spaces can improve local identity and develop a sense of place. Where communities get involved in the management and maintenance of open space the relationships can be more beneficial and give ownership of the environment.
6.9.1. Open spaces provide the opportunity for walking and cycling, lessening reliance on cars and reducing traffic. They provide the 'green lungs' of our towns and cities, absorb pollutants and process carbon dioxide. Some typologies of open space actively encourage sustainable practices such as composting and locally-grown produce. They can also provide natural drainage systems to reduce flooding.
6.10.1. Parks and open spaces provide valuable natural habitats for all forms of wildlife, offer green links, protect biodiversity and give the chance for people to experience and appreciate nature.
6.10.2. This Open Spaces Strategy will develop a strategic context for the planning, protection and development of open spaces and green infrastructure in Harborough District. The delivery of this strategy will enable the Council to coordinate resources to increase the quality and use of green space, to help plan for the future and to ensure that the District's open spaces meet the needs of the local community.
6.10.3. The Open Spaces Strategy 2016 to 2021 is a policy document to be used in association with Harborough District Council Open Space, Sport and Recreation Study 2015. This updated study has determined standards for the provision and quality of new green spaces.